It’s anyone’s guess what awaits Jimmy Garoppolo in 2022, but let’s break down why these four teams won’t engineer a trade for the 49ers quarterback.
With the dust settling on the Cleveland Browns finally trading away quarterback Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers, another possible domino has fallen in the offseason saga surrounding the San Francisco 49ers’ own soon-to-be-jettisoned signal-caller, Jimmy Garoppolo.
And it sure is interesting to see how the national media has started picking up with its Jimmy G talk now that Mayfield has been moved.
There are plenty of reasons why the Niners haven’t been able to move Garoppolo this offseason as they prepare to fully transition to second-year quarterback Trey Lance as the starter. Shoulder surgery earlier this offseason has been one, while Garoppolo’s post-trade $25.55 million salary due, according to Over the Cap, is likely another.
Yet Garoppolo now sits as arguably the best quarterback available on the trade market, albeit one with awfully few teams interested.
And while we already have prompted ideas about a would-be Jimmy G trade to a number of teams out there, let’s explore the flip side and break down why these four teams would have no interest in trading with San Francisco for its veteran quarterback.
Why Buccaneers won’t trade for Jimmy Garoppolo
It’s amazing how quickly a rumor can surface, and it’s equally amazing just how quickly it can be shot down.
Late last week, Dan Sileo of The National Football Show reported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had somehow emerged as suitors for Garoppolo, which was quite the revelation, and he said:
"The Buccaneers would love to have Jimmy G in Tampa as the heir apparent. So Garoppolo would go to Tampa as the backup and once [Tom] Brady leaves, there’s Jimmy G with a ready-made team again like he had in San Francisco and in New England. It’s a no-brainer."
Sileo claimed to be close with both Brady and Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, so there’s possibly some merit there.
Except for the fact that Yee shut that rumor down right away, thanks to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:
If that wasn’t enough, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times quoted a member of the Bucs coaching staff as saying, “If (Garoppolo) could throw a deep ball, he would’ve won two Super Bowls already.”
While this could be a proverbial “smoke and mirrors” campaign, Tampa Bay sure doesn’t sound like it has any interest in making a trade for Jimmy G at any point.